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King Street could be getting a major overhaul

Cars currently reign supreme on Toronto's King Street, but that could change over the next few years. Yes, there's finally real hope for those of us who bike, walk and take the TTC to get around the city's downtown core.

That's because the City of Toronto is looking to redesign King Street, from Liberty Village all the way to the Distillery District.

As the Toronto Star reports today, the city has commissioned a "King Street Visioning Study," and will hold public consultations this spring, with some sort of pilot project expected a year later, in 2017.

Public Work, the group behind the Queens Quay revitalization, is spearheading this revamp. And, as the Star notes, it has partnered with internationally renowned urban design rockstars Gehl Architects and Sam Schwartz Transportation Consultants, along with local firm Swerhun.

Toronto's chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat told the Star that cars likely won't be cut off completely from King Street. Though, as the paper notes, the city's request for proposal calls for a plan that prioritizes public transit and pedestrians.

And, what's particularly exciting is that we hopefully won't have to wait long to see real change on this main Toronto thoroughfare.

What would you like to see happen on King Street? Let us know in the comments.

Photo by Andreas Marx in the blogTO Flickr pool.


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